Hilary Paxman, Chair of the Board, speaking at a charity event
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Hilary Paxman - Chair
Hilary has first hand experience of caring for a child with cancer and spending long periods with them in hospital. Hilary brings many skills to her role as Chair of the Trustee Board. Currently she is a civil servant in the Department of Communities and Local Government, is a qualified business coach, has been a school governor and also chaired a number of committees.
James Conway - Deputy Chair
James became aware of the charity in 2014 and was immediately overcome by the passion and commitment of the team. After visiting Kingston Hospital and seeing for himself the work we do, he wanted to help us do more. Since that day, he has become both a close friend and firm supporter. Owner of a successful business in the eyewear industry, James hopes his aptitude for business and love of marketing will prove to be a great resource to us, one he hopes will go some way towards helping us achieve our dreams and aspirations for years to come. He joined the board in May 2016.
Chris Butter - Head of Finance
Chris is a chartered accountant and a partner in our Forensic Services practice at PWC. He experienced first-hand the support we offer when his child was seriously ill. He joined the Board of Trustees in May 2017.
Ed Newton - Finance
Ed became a Trustee in 2008, having supported the charity from its inception. He runs his own Market Research agency, having previously worked for leading companies including Unilever, SC Johnson and GFK. Ed supports many community activities in and around Kingston, where he lives with his family, including Surrey club rugby and he was a school governor for many years.
Kieron became a trustee in June 2012 but has been a supporter since the charity's foundation in 2004. That was the year that his 17 year old daughter Fiona died from a brain tumour. Fiona received excellent care during her time in hospital but there is no doubt she would have benefitted from the hugely improved facilities for children and teenagers created by the charity. Kieron has spent his career in the City of London. He is an executive director of JP Morgan and a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He is also an advisor to the trustees of Holy Cross Prep School in Kingston and Chairman of the 1930 Fund for District Nurses.
Wyn’s first son, Thomas, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in October 2012. Despite a very brave fight, together with the excellent efforts of Kingston and Royal Marsden hospitals, Thomas sadly died in August 2013. Wyn’ s working life has been spent in sales, and he lives with his family in Richmond. He became a Trustee having experienced our support throughout Thomas's treatment and after he passed away.
Victor de Cruz
Victor joined the board in March 2016. He is a solicitor, with his own firm specialising in civil and commercial dispute.
Alistair’s connection with the charity started in September 2016 soon after his youngest daughter, Daisy aged six, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Right from the onset we stepped in to provide emotional support to the whole family and then as the treatment continued we were able to provide those much needed boosts to Daisy’s, and her older sister Poppy’s, morale with fairy visits, music therapy and a much-needed break in the New Forest holiday home.
Since Daisy’s diagnosis, Alistair has become an active fundraiser by running the London Marathon and competing in the Kingston Dragon Boat Festival.
A Kingston resident, Alistair was formerly an Army Officer but has since spent the past 15 years working for General Electric in the Healthcare business where he specializes in diagnostic medical ultrasound.
Vanessa’s son was diagnosed with cancer when he was two weeks old and died just four months later. Momentum was, and is, a huge support to her and her family. As a corporate solicitor specialising in financial services, she hopes to use her legal knowledge to assist the charity with its governance.
Mario Bodini ran the accommodation wholesaler, “JacTravel” for almost 35 years before retiring from it in January 2016, although he is still very active in the industry. He has strong business experience and good links with the travel and leisure industry. He lives in Cobham with his wife Jackie, and has 2 children in their twenties. Mario is very inspired by the charity’s work in the local area and wants to help develop the corporate fundraising income stream.